Delhi: 4 dead, several injured in clashes over CAA protests, cops detain one

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Stone pelting at Maujpur-Babarpur Metro Station after clashes between pro and anti-CAA protestors Monday. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

Four people, including a Delhi Police Head Constable, were killed and many others injured in northeast Delhi Monday as violence over Citizenship Amendment Act protests raged on for the second consecutive day.

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Vehicles were burnt, homes and shops set ablaze, and stones pelted in Maujpur. Incidents of violence and arson were reported in Kardampuri, Chand Bagh and Dayalpur too.

One man, identified as 33-year-old Shahrukh, has been detained for allegedly firing eight rounds in Maujpur's 66 Foota Road.

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Vehicles were burnt, homes and shops set ablaze, and stones pelted in Maujpur. (Express photo: Amit Mehra)

Two of the deceased have been identified — Head Constable Ratanlal and a civilian, Mohd Furqaan.

At least 37 police personnel, including DCP Shahdara, were injured. All of them have been taken to GTB hospital.

Sources in the Home Ministry said the violence "appears to be orchestrated to coincide with the visit of US President Donald Trump". Union Home secretary Ajay Bhalla said senior officials were on the ground and sufficient forces had been deployed. Trump landed in Delhi on Monday evening.

While the police imposed Section 144 in the affected areas, stone-pelting continued till late in the evening. In Maujpur, locals took it on themselves to man the roads and prevent anti- and pro-CAA protesters from clashing in the night.

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The violence continued despite heavy police deployment in Northeast Delhi. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has closed entry and exit gates of Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave, and Shiv Vihar stations.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said all private and government schools in Delhi would remain closed on Tuesday.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Sisodia, LG Anil Baijal and other leaders have appealed for calm and urged the protesters to exercise restraint.

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Several shops were set ablaze. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

"Very distressing news regarding disturbance of peace and harmony in parts of Delhi coming in. I sincerely urge Hon’ble LG n Hon'ble Union Home Minister to restore law and order n ensure that peace and harmony is maintained. Nobody should be allowed to orchestrate flagrations," Kejriwal tweeted.

The violence began on Sunday, after a rally was taken out by BJP leader Kapil Mishra close to the site of an anti-CAA sit-in in Jaffrabad. Soon, pro- and anti-CAA protesters pelted each other with stones. Security officers present at the spot admitted that the violence threatened to take a communal turn.

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Police used tear gas shells to disperse the crowds. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

Mishra had Sunday given the police "a three-day ultimatum" to clear the Jaffrabad road of protesters, but Monday joined other leaders in appealing for calm.

Congress leader Ajay Maken, meanwhile, chided CM Kejriwal for his "helplessness" and suggested steps to bring the situation under control.